To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
| Parliamentary Strategy
APGAW takes a One Welfare approach and places it in the context of the Group’s work. It aims to pick up on a range of issues of interest to both politicians and associate members. These ‘key issues’ will cover the work of APGAW until the end of this Parliament, however they will be reviewed regularly and amended as necessary. APGAW will also hold additional meetings on topic subjects if, and when, they are needed.
Reduction in animal and human abuse
- i) To help to improve multidisciplinary approaches for dealing with poor animal welfare and its wider impacts (including for example, restorative justice and offender registers). Domestic Violence & Abuse Bill in Queen’s Speech.
- ii) To consider ways of improving enforcement of animal welfare working with the police, charities and local authorities.
Improved animal welfare and social aspects/More efficient multidisciplinary approaches
- i) To encourage more responsible pet ownership – (including through implementation of England-wide dog strategy which covers breeding, dealing and selling, consistent education, veterinary support, public education around choosing and keeping of pets including exotics etc).
Improved animal welfare – addressing poverty and local community support/Mutual rescue, improved life chances
- i) To develop and promote the benefit of pets on wider issues (for example, adult social services, learning disabilities, health and fitness, general well-being)
Improved animal welfare and food safety/Improved animal and farmer welfare, improved farming productivity/Improved animal welfare and improved food security and sustainability.
- i) To consider issues around humane slaughter, endemic diseases, live transportation, improved consumer information/empowerment through labelling etc
Improved biodiversity conservation, environmental aspects and human wellbeing.
- i) To promote the benefits of working to support British farmers to support conservation and wildlife.
- ii) To support work to protect endangered species and the trade in illegal wildlife goods
We are currently working on the following issues:
1. Reducing livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership.
2. The provision of small local abattoirs to reduce transport time and support pasture fed livestock
3. The low welfare breeding of puppies with hereditary disease and poor conformation
4. The need for improved enforcement of animal welfare legislation
| News from APGAW
APGAW picked up the work it did in 2009 with the publication of A Healthier Future for Pedigree Dogs report through a Parliamentary roundtable in December. Following this APGAW facilitated a high level conference this July in Westminster chaired by Lord Trees to set...
APGAW held a roundtable session chaired by Giles Watling MP and attended by police, NWCU, RSPCA, NatureWatch and a number of other experts to discuss wildlife crime and what needs to be done to tackle it. The following points were discussed: Wildlife & Rural Crime...
APGAW held a roundtable session in December bringing together the key stakeholders such as the Canine & Feline Sector Group, Vet Compass, Kennel Club, RSPCA, British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust and RCVS to update Parliament on what improvements have been...
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